MARK S. TAFFET
CEO & Founder
Prior to founding MAST Advisors, Inc., Mark worked in investment banking for leading financial institutions including Shearson, Oppenheimer, KPMG and Fieldstone. During that time, he worked with global companies focused on cross border M&A and capital raising, with a strong emphasis on transactions between the US, Europe and Latin America.
Mark was a founder and president of Baymark Capital, an investment bank funded by and built as a strategic partner with KPMG.
Mark’s has hands on experience as an operating executive having served as COO of an institutional food service provider with more than 300 employees.
His work advising chief executives and business leaders led him to become a Vistage Chair in 2012. He currently chairs a group of high performing business leaders from a wide range of industries. Mark is on the Board of d2i, a healthcare software as service informatics and analytics company focused on emergency departments, hospitalists, and urgent care centers. He is also on the Board of Advisors of Alene Candles, a leading contract manufacturer of high-quality candles, and is the Chairman of the Advisory Board of Times Review Media Group.
Mark is a frequent speaker to CEO groups on a variety of topics including Maximizing Business Value, Strategic Acquisitions and Strategic Operating Plans. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and Fordham University Law School and is a member of the NY State Bar. When Mark is not in the office, you can find him hiking in the mountains, doing yoga or cooking up some amazing meals.
Allen previously worked with Young & Partners, an international investment bank focused on the chemicals industry and Business Development Asia, an international investment bank specializing in Asian cross-border transactions.
Allen holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, a Masters Degree from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. He previously served as Vice President of the Association for Corporate Growth Global and Executive Vice President of the ACG New Jersey chapter.
His clients were middle-market companies with up to $300 million in annual revenue. Wolfgang started his career in finance as an Analyst with Blackstone’s Alternative Asset Management division, where he focused on strategies and hedge funds trading in commodities.
In addition to his work in finance, Wolfgang was also Director of Operations for a digital marketing start-up, managing all operational aspects including budgeting, hiring, process improvement, client and vendor management, and acquisitions.
Wolfgang started his career spending 14 years as a professional violinist, performing on many Broadway productions and with numerous orchestras and chamber ensembles in New York City and throughout the Northeast.
Wolfgang has an MBA with a concentration in Finance and Investments from Baruch College – the Zicklin School of Business. He also received a Masters in Music from Brigham Young University, spent a year in the graduate program at The Juilliard School and has a Bachelors in Music from Northwestern University with a major in violin performance.
HOWARD E. GOLDSTEIN
Senior Advisor, Consumer Products, Retail & Distribution
Howard has over thirty years of experience working with growth companies and acting as a principal investor in the retail and distribution industries. His activities include identifying, analyzing, negotiation, structuring, managing and ultimately selling growth companies. Among the areas where Howard has significant experience are food, large format and specialty retailing, building products and marketing.
Howard has worked with Starbucks Coffee, Jamba Juice, Bruegger’s Bagels, Cosi, Catalina Marketing, CompUSA, Gadzooks, Gaiam Inc., White House/Black Market and Southern Showcase Housing.
In addition to his work with MAST Advisors, Howard is a Partner and Co-Founder of Vedanta Capital, a diversified venture capital firm. Prior to founding Vedanta, Howard spent 22 years as a General Partner at INVESCO Private Capital, a global private equity group with over $2 billion in managed assets.
Howard holds a BA from Clark University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and United States District Courts of the Southern and Eastern Districts.